You would think that being single I would be more frugal than a couple on Valentine’s Day. You would, however, be sadly mistaken. I was one of those women that was would make up for my lack of a significant other by buying myself chocolates, flowers, and going to the movies. Preferably to a movie that mocked love and all that romantic mumbo jumbo.
Looking back I cringe at how much money I could have saved just by being more secure. I’m not saying that treating myself was wrong. I just could have treated myself to less than one hundred dollars worth of stuff in the month of February alone. Luckily I found a better way of dealing with the Valentine blues that were putting me in the red.
Invest In The Future
I started my quest to not emotionally spend by putting the money aside for other things. Things that would improve my life rather than send me on an eating binge of self doubt. I would still spend money, but instead I spent money to get myself out of debt, pay off a school class, or prepare for a trip I was going to take. These activities were far more rewarding and healthy, both physically and mentally.
Go in a Group
I noticed that I spent less when I was with other people. Though, I wouldn’t be a third wheel on a pity invite Valentine’s date. I would surround myself with people, who like me, were still searching for that special someone. I wouldn’t get a date for Valentines Day. That often caused more pressure than enjoyment. Instead I would just be with friends and remember that all people go through this time in their lives.
Still Buy Chocolates
A little treat for Valentines Day was a good way to tell myself that even if I didn’t have someone I still deserved the good things in life. I made sure that I bought a chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa. Dark chocolate contains a number of chemical compounds that give a little happiness boost. There’s nothing wrong with a little chocolate boost on Valentine’s Day. 😉
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